SHARP GUY Q&A - Midé, Singer/Songwriter

Whatever the night of the week, whatever corner of the city of London you find yourself, there is no shortage of musical talent. From the massive halls to the small venues, the city is booming with a wide range of incredible musicians who come prepared to connect with listeners and convert newcomers.

One of the most exciting artists on the scene is Midé, a singer/songwriter from South East London, who is quickly making a name for himself on the scene. His sound has been described as Alternative Soul with a touch of Folk-Rock and a very Indie edge. 

Ahead of his upcoming show at The Social, we sat down with Midé to talk about his music, the industry and plans for the future.

Mide Midé

What are first musical memories? 

My first musical memories are of myself and my sister doing chores on a Saturday, and dad listening to Fela playing loud in the living room. It was always really fun though there wasn’t any real musical learning then. 

If you could make music with one musician, who would it be and why?

Right now I’d love to collaborate with Wretch 32. I like how he flows and I think we could create something beautiful.

What is your favourite thing about being a musician? Why?

I love the freedom of being on stage and connecting to a whole room of people who enjoy your songs. Its electric. 

Mide Midé

Is there anything you'd change about the music industry? Why?

I’d change the culture of gatekeepers. And in truth I think it's slowly changing to become that most independent artists, like myself, can get quite far without those gatekeepers 

Are there any misconceptions about being a musician that are not the case with you?

Some people think musicians just sit around loafing all day and maybe occasionally finding a place to play some half-worked songs. The truth is that there’s so much more planning and thinking that goes into writing, producing, releasing and performing songs for a living. It takes incredible fortitude and a willpower to keep at it. 

Any advice for anyone trying to get into the music?

I’d tell them to be true to themselves and their motivations for wanting to get in it. I'd also advice them to be thick-skinned and prepared to work very hard for a long time. 

What does the future hold for you and your music?

I’m excited about the future and the many opportunities that are opening up for me. It's amazing to see fruits of your hard work. The goal is simple…write a song, sing a song, repeat that and do it for many more people. 

Midé will be launching his new EP and performing a headline show at The Social on 24 July. Tickets are available here:  

Mide Midé

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